Originally Posted by Dockhead
Not indeed -- if you are not showing signals, other vessels have the right to assume that you are keeping watch and are ready to maneuver as you are required. Whether making way or not. This is seriously misleading if you are actually below and asleep.
If you are hove to and showing NUC, on the other hand, you have properly warned everyone that you will not maneuver -- you are just a passive obstacle. Furthermore, by being hove to, you are minimizing the risk to others and minimizing the difficulty of maneuvering around you.
Dodgy as hell, IMHO. Assuming anyone else knows you exist is a big no-no of single
handing, again IMHO. Great to put energy into that, by having a solid radar
return & ais
transmitter but thinking it will actually happen should be much much further down the list compared with active measures to keep yourself safe , like radar
with guard zones & ais
receiver with a loud alarm
Hoving to for sleep just keeps you out there much longer than you need to be. IMHO as a solo sailor it's your call to be out there asleep and down to you to do all you can to make sure no one hits you & you hit no one, radar & ais can take care of that to a very large extent, put your energy into having a boat with systems which can provide that cover & forget about NUC lights.
Trust no one.